This event, co-sponsored by the MMS and the U.S. Department of Justice, features physicians, pharmacy professionals, law enforcement personnel and recovering individuals with substance abuse disorders. U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch delivered the keynote address, and Wilson Compton, MD, deputy director of the National Institute for Drug Abuse, provided an overview of the epidemic. Below are excerpts from speakers' remarks and the panel sessions.
Keynote Address by Loretta Lynch, US Attorney General
Drug Addiction: “It Can Happen to Anybody”
Former Ludlow police detective Tom Foye describes how he became addicted opioids.
The Roots of the Opioid Abuse Epidemic
Wilson Compton, MD, deputy director of the National Institute on Drug Abuse, said that 75% of people entering treatment for opioid addiction started with prescription drugs.
The Importance of Prescription Monitoring Programs
A panel of law enforcement officials promote prescription drug programs as a valuable tool for pharmacists and physicians to combat drug addiction.
MMS Articles About the Summit